Lebanon: Three Hariri murder suspects freed
Lebanese authorities on Wednesday freed three of seven suspects held over the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the office of public prosecutor Said Mirza said. According to AFP, the three are Lebanese brothers Mahmoud and Ahmed Abdel Aal and Syrian Ibrahim Jarjoura, all civilians who were being held on suspicion of withholding information and misleading the probe into the assassination.
Their release comes shortly before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, set up to try suspects over the Beirut bomb blast in February 2005 that its doors in The Hague on Sunday. Still in custody are four Lebanese generals who held senior positions in a security apparatus long orchestrated by the country's then powerbroker, Syria. They are Mustafa Hamdan, who commanded the presidential guard; Jamil Sayyed, who was director of security services; Ali Hajj, who headed domestic security and Raymond Azar, who was commander of army intelligence.
The generals were arrested on suspicion of premeditated murder, attempted premeditated murder and carrying out terrorist acts.
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